The dead lion in a puddle of water in the Chinese zoo

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The dead lion in a puddle of water in the Chinese zoo

"The lion is dead. It's so sad." This is the heartbreaking comment of those who shot images of a dead lion in a pool of water at a Chinese zoo. Many wonder how it was possible that the zookeepers did not notice anything.

In itself, an animal should never be locked up in a zoo to give spectacle to the public, but it should remain in its natural habitat. Quin, on the other hand, goes beyond the limit of the tolerable, in spite of the more or less vemneranda age of the animal.

The zoo authorities have justified themselves by alluding to the venerable age of the lion, which would have died suddenly of natural causes, but seeing such an animal left to that fate is bad for the soul. It is still unclear how long it had been there.

What is certain is that he was dead. Thus, lifeless and abandoned in his own pool of water, the poor lion of the Handan Foshan Wildlife Zoo, the zoo park in Hebei province in the north of the country, was found by visitors who, in disbelief, filmed the scene in a film that has been around the world.

A new monkey species was discovered

A new monkey species was discovered, but it is critically endangered, with only 250 individuals. It was discovered in Myanmar, and it is already in the red list of IUCN, because there are only 200-250 specimens in the wild.

A very small number whose survival is jeopardized by poachers and the constant loss of natural habitat. The primate was discovered by a research team of scientists from the German Primate Center at the Leibniz Institute for Primate Research in Gottingen, who collaborated closely with colleagues from the Australian Museum Research Institute.

The primate is the Popa langur and the few specimens are divided into four distinct populations, of which a part lives on Mount Popa, in the Mandalay region, about 50 kilometers from the city of Bagan. DNA of a specimen housed for over 100 years at the London Natural History Museum allowed scholars led by primatologist Christian Roos of the Primate Genetics Laboratory to be sure that it was a new species.

Experts ans researchers said: "We analyzed 72 primate sequences and 53 of these came from the genus Trachypithecus to which this new species belongs. It was after combining the results of sequencing the museum samples, fecal samples from wild-collected populations and a review of the museum samples that we were able to conclude that we were working with a new species."